The funding and regulation of aged care services is predominantly the role of the Australian Government although all three levels of government in Australia local, state and federal are involved.
A 2003 monograph provides a comprehensive history of the evolution of the Australian Government’s role in providing support for the needs of older people. In that monograph, Cullen outlines the history of support for older people through mainstream strategies such as income support, subsidised health services and support with housing, and targeted strategies through support for aged care infrastructure, subsidised residential care, subsidised care at home and in the community, and support for carers.
The Australian Government has not always been as heavily involved in the support of older people as it is now. Until 1 July 1909, all responsibility for supporting the social security and welfare, health and housing needs of older people resided with the states. As the twentieth century progressed, successive Australian Governments expanded their role in this area and ‘became increasingly engaged in funding, planning and regulating services for older people’.
SOURCE: Royal Commission into Aged Care. “Navigating the Maze: an overview of Australia’s current aged care system.” Commonwealth of Australia, February 2019.
Produced by the librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia